The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to pull off a trade to rope in Denver Nuggets’ forward Kenneth Faried before the Thursday’s NBA Draft.
Minnesota owns the fifth overall pick that they can package with some of their existing players to acquire Faried. Wolves’ new head coach Tom Thibodeau is keen to include Faried in his game-plan to upgrade his power forward position.
The Nuggets will enter Thursday’s draft with three first round picks like the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers. 27-year-old forward Faried is considered as the Nuggets’ best trade asset. The forward will welcome a move as he doesn’t feature in Denver’s future plans. But since Denver has a number of picks, it’s unlikely that they would be looking to add another and may delay the deal until free agency starts the next month.
Tom Thibodeau has been an admirer of Faried since the former Bulls’ head coach worked with the forward in the National team at the last FIBA World Championship in 2014.
Thibodeau wants the big man to partner Rookie of the Year center Karl- Anthony Towns.
If the Nuggets don’t agree to trade Faried for the fifth overall pick of the Thursday’s NBA Draft and some other young players on Minnesota’s roster, the Wolves will go all-out to acquire Faried in the first phase of free agency next month, according to the Sporting News.
Faried averaged 12.5 points and 8.7 rebounds last season. The veteran power forward is renowned for his ability to rebound, something which the Wolves require desperately to boost their game. But Faried isn’t a great defender and does not stretch the floor, as pointed out in a report published in Canishoopus.com.
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